One Week From Final Polls, Horns No. 2

Texas held onto its No. 2 position in the Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive College Football polls released on Sunday but No. 1 USC widened the gap after the Horns struggled in a 40-29 win at Texas A&M Friday afternoon.

Texas (11-0) lost first place votes in each of the polls and now has 10 in the AP (down from 14), nine in the Coaches poll (down from 13) and 15 in the Harris poll (down from 25). The Horns gained some support in overall points in the AP (1570, up from 1550) but slipped in the other two rankings (1497 in the Coaches poll, down from 1501, and 2727 in the Harris poll, down from 2737). Texas now trails USC (11-0) by 83 total points in the Harris poll.

LSU (10-1) remained in the No. 3 spot in the AP and Coaches poll but slipped a notch to No. 4 in the Harris after struggling to fend off Arkansas, while Penn State (10-1) climbed to that No. 3 position in the Harris but stayed at No. 4 in the AP and Coaches poll after an idle week. Virginia Tech (10-1) claimed the No. 5 slot in the three polls, followed by No. 6 Ohio State (9-2).

Notre Dame (9-2) slipped to No. 7 in each of the polls after needing every minute of the game to beat Stanford, and Oregon (10-1) remained at No. 8. The bottom of the top 10 stayed the same, with Auburn (9-2) holding on to the No. 9 spot and Miami (9-2) closing out at No. 10.

Texas Tech (9-2) rose to No. 16 in the Coaches and Harris poll but stayed put at No. 18 in the AP poll following an idle week. Iowa State (7-4) dropped from the top 25 after falling victim to Kansas, but still received votes in the polls. Colorado (7-4), Oklahoma (7-4) and Nebraska (7-4) also received votes but not enough to crack the rankings.

The USA Today and Harris polls, along with an average of six computer rankings, are components of the BCS rankings. The seventh BCS standings will be released on Monday, Nov. 28.

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